The ‘Melo-drama Continues


HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — We told you a few weeks ago on Episode 26 of the Hang Time Podcast that this Carmelo Anthony trade drama wasn’t done.

And after a brief bout of silence, the ‘Melo-drama is back, courtesy of Chris Sheridan of ESPN.com. The latest round includes the New York Knicks reviving their pursuit of the Nuggets’ All-Star armed with young players, expiring contracts and just about anything else it might take to pry Anthony away from the Nuggets.

Sheridan provides some of the details:

The offers the Knicks have proposed have always centered around packages including Anthony Randolph, the expiring contract of Eddy Curry and a first-round draft pick they would acquire from a third team, and New York has softened its stance on including forward Danilo Gallinari in a trade.

The most recent obstacle, according to the source, was for the Knicks to use one of those assets, likely Randolph or Gallinari, to acquire a player from a third team that the Nuggets value more highly than either of the Knicks forwards. The source said that obstacle can now be overcome, with the Knicks confident they can get their hands on a player the Nuggets would prefer.

The source also cautioned that the Chicago Bulls remained in the Melo mix, although the contract extension Chicago reached earlier this month with Joakim Noah would preclude him from being included in any deal the Bulls would put together for Anthony.

Also, New Jersey has faded from the Anthony sweepstakes, growing disinclined to include rookie Derrick Favors in a trade, a league source told ESPN.com’s J.A. Adande.

At this stage of the game, if Anthony doesn’t end up in New York it’ll be a shocker.

Has there been a more consistent trade rumor that didn’t come to fruition in recent memory, save for all the Amar’e Stoudemire drama that went on with Phoenix last season?

Anthony’s public stance on the whole issue has been rather noble (or twisted, depending on your mood), considering no one believes him when he talks about wanting to remain in Denver.

Stoudemire has already acknowledged how difficult it will be for the Knicks to make the playoffs this season without Anthony or another proven No. 2 scoring option.

But would you be willing to gut your team, even a 29-win team, to land Anthony?

12 Comments

  1. chuck says:

    melo with a travel. ping!

  2. LA says:

    just as melo to you want to stay for leave if he says leave trade him but for good pieces like a shooting guard, small foward, and center and sent nene with him

  3. Cuzn Deer says:

    If it’s about winning, why not go to a smaller market like the Milwaukee Bucks. The Bucks alredy have a good nucleus. The Bucks can give up John Salmons, Drew Gooden, Ersan Ilyasova, Michael Redd and draft picks for Carmelo Anthony and Kenyon Martin. The new Bucks starting five would be Brandon Jennings, Corey Magetti, Carmelo Anthony, Kenyon Martin and Andrew Bogut. That would be the best starting five in the NBA. With Scott Skiles defense and Brandon Jennings playing International basketball, there isn’t a team in the NBA with a better system and players that could beat this team.

  4. Josh Gonzalez says:

    Why stay in a place that wont offer you a long term deal, they are CLEARLY not dedicated to Anthony why should he be dedicated to them

  5. BoriKinG says:

    HEAT ALL DAY BACK 2 BACK!!!

    i say Melo hop on I95 foreal n join the Magic next year to bring the most exciting basketball to South Florida!!!

    Miami Heat = Wade/James/Bosh
    Orlando Magic(next year) = Melo/CP3/Wright

    sorry to the Knicks n the Bulls.. It’s all about South Florida baby!!!

    say WHAT!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. Besek says:

    If he wants to stay in denver like he says he does, then whats stopping him from signing the extension?

  7. Miami Thrice says:

    they shouldn’t do it because it they sign him in free agency, they would have him gallinari and randolph

  8. David says:

    If the Nicks goal this season is to get as far as they can into the playoffs, then they better bring Melo as fast as possible before Melo resigns ot leaves somewhere else. Randolph and Gal are good potential young players but that is going to take time. Amare is getting into his prime but obvisously he can win on his own. If you bring Melo, they instantly get into the playoffs and probably secure the 5th or 4th best record in the east. They could challenge some of the elite teams in the eats, but probably can’t win. They might make the playoffs without Melo, but they probably won’t get past the first round. Besides if you bring Melo, its automatic attraction for other good players to want to play on that team (Chris Paul perhaps????????)

  9. six6heat says:

    melo is waiting to go to the knicks or the bulls, neither have the pieces to trade for him now, but if he was smart he would hop on I 95 and head down to orlando and wait for cp3 to join them in 2 years.

  10. Ken says:

    Please do it, the Knicks need someone like Carmelo to bring exciting basketball to NY. Except for Amare Stoudamire, trade anyone on the Knicks to get Carmelo. Gallinari, and Randolph are good players, but they are just role players at best. Carmelo is a superstar that will sell tickets. Player like that just not waiting to land on your team very often, but role players we can always find them out there, especially with core of Stoudamire and Carmelo will attract free agents. Who knows, we may get Chris Paul next year…wowwwwwwwww Miami here we come.

  11. Tha REAL Truth says:

    At first I was like hell yea I would but then I thought about it and it makes sense to wait also. I really like Gallinari and Randolph I think they are really solid players who are very young and only getting better and to gut them like the article said would hurt the Knicks even if they added Melo. Although no one knows for sure I really think (or hope so at least) that Melo wants to play in New York and waiting until Free Agency wouldn’t be a bad move either. Either way though Melo and Stoudamire are gonna do damage in the league together.

  12. sin says:

    Of course there has been a trade rumor more advertised that didn’t come to fruition. Up until it happened, nobody thought Lebron was going to MIami, because for 2 or 3 years his transfer to the knicks was incredibly hyped (and Lebron himself was to blaim).

    Regarding the Melo situation, the Knicks don’t just need a second option. They need a first option. They also need rebounding and more inside scoring, but apparently they think Turiaf and Randolph can bring more of that than David Lee. Why would you hang on to Gallinari and let Lee go? Don’t they have enough three point shooters as it is?